City an­nounces 3-year ship­ping hub plan

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - Xu Lingchao

SHANG­HAI Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion has an­nounced a three-year plan to im­prove the city’s han­dling ca­pac­ity at air­ports and cruise ter­mi­nals as it aims to be­come a global ship­ping cen­ter by 2020.

The fifth run­way of Pudong In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the B sec­tion of Ter­mi­nal 1 at Hongqiao In­ter­na­tional Air­port will start op­er­at­ing this year, the com­mis­sion an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The third phase of Pudong Air­port’s ex­pan­sion project will be com­pleted be­fore Septem­ber 2019, it said. The two air­ports will be able to han­dle 120 mil­lion peo­ple every year. The num­ber now is 112 mil­lion, rank­ing it No. 4 in the world. The first is At­lanta Air­port in the United States.

The air­ports are work­ing on im­prov­ing the on-time rate of flights. By 2019, Pudong hopes to see 75 per­cent of flights take off on time, and Hongqiao 80 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to Wang Jiqing, vice pres­i­dent of Shang­hai Air­port Au­thor­ity.

Last year, the city’s cruise ter­mi­nals han­dled 2.97 mil­lion tourists. As Wu­songkou Cruise Ter­mi­nal and Shang­hai Port In­ter­na­tional Cruise Ter­mi­nal keep ex­pand­ing, the num­ber is es­ti­mated to reach 3.5 mil­lion in three years.

The city is cut­ting red tape in cargo trad­ing to pro­vide bet­ter busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“We will work on poli­cies to lower the lo­gis­tic cost of car­gos,” said Xie Feng, head of the trans­port com­mis­sion. “An on­line plat­form which al­lows dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment bod­ies to share data has also been built.”

While de­vel­op­ing avi­a­tion and ship­ping, the city is aware of the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Zhang Lin, deputy head of the com­mis­sion, said the city will en­cour­age car­gos to be trans­ported by sea in­stead of road. “All con­tainer trucks will be en­cour­aged to use nat­u­ral gas as fuel,” said Zhang.

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